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Fanfare for the Common Man

Wind Band







Programme Item

Light Piece

This iconic fanfare (1942) by Aaron Copland was given the rock treatment by the group Emerson, Lake and Palmer in 1977 on their album Works. Keith Emerson adapted it from the original. The group had to contact the composer for permission – ‘The interesting thing... was that we had to get the permission of Aaron Copland, the composer. The publishing house said forget it. So I got Mr Copland's home number, called him up and he was very friendly on the phone. And he says "Send it to me, let me listen." And he loved it. He called me and said "This is brilliant, this is fantastic. This is doing something to my music."’

This arrangement was featured on the RAF Massed Bands Tour 2001.

Festival of Music 2001

Recorded on Festival of Music 2001, Polyphonic QPRM 139D

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